Turn Your Back Porch Into a Retreat

Outside living space can be a huge asset to both your property value and your overall sense of health and serenity. If you have a large backyard, a creative deck builder can construct a back porch or patio that feels like an oasis after a long day at work. There are many ways to add shade, increase seating, provide heat and even enjoy home cooking.

Call for Help

Before you assume your ideas are best, make some calls to local contractors. Give them the scope and size of your project, and schedule at least three estimates. Ask questions and check on their references. Your back deck will be an investment, and you want to get your money’s worth. They will also be able to give you some insight as to what is trending and lasting in outdoor living space.

Weigh Your Options

Your space will be subject to the elements, and your materials will need to stand up to continuous exposure.  Will you be choosing pressure-treated wood or composite decking? Are you wanting to highlight brickwork or stone craftsmanship? Your contractor will be able to help you understand the types of materials, but you will also need to have an idea of the look you want to create. If you are looking for something that offers shade and has less visual obstruction, constructing a pergola might be feasible. If you are looking for an outdoor living space, your deck builder could design a covered patio or decking area with tiered levels for functionality.

Pay Attention to Details

The key to creating a space that is beautiful and relaxing is the details. Choose furniture that is comfortable yet functional. Add a water feature or a fire pit for another layer of ambiance. Work with materials that complement your color preferences, environment and construction design. Combining these elements will turn your back deck in a paradise of rest and enjoyment.